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Learn how to speak Irish with the award-winning Rosetta Stone app.

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Learning some simple Irish phrases and words may be easier than you think. Here are few to get you started:

  • Dia duit = Hello
  • Slán = Goodbye
  • Sláinte = Cheers
  • Tá = Yes
  • Níl = No
  • Sea (used more often than “tá”) = It is
  • Ní hea (used more often than “níl”) = It isn’t
  • Le do thoil = Please
  • Go raibh maith agat = Thank you
  • Tá brón orm = I’m sorry
  • Gabh mo leithscéal = Excuse me

Particularly when you’re planning a vacation, getting down the basics of a new language can completely change your days, weeks, or months abroad. Not only will it make it easier to connect with people in everyday situations, but feeling secure in some of the fundamentals will significantly smooth your interactions with people in stores, hotels, restaurants, museums, and beyond.

Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you the language, not just the words. What makes it effective is that we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. It helps you get ready to handle situations with confidence.

How To Speak Irish

Although many assume English is spoken in Ireland, Irish is spoken as a first language in substantial areas of the country, and the Irish language has recently experienced a revitalization. Irish has constitutional status as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland , and is an officially recognized minority language in Northern Ireland . It is also among the official languages of the European Union . New Irish-only publications, a radio service, television station and the growth of fully immersive Irish schools—where all courses are taught in Irish—have reinvigorated the spread of the Irish language. You can help keep the Irish language alive and thriving with Rosetta Stone. You’ll learn the foundations of Irish and develop vocabulary presented in a tested manner that ensures better understanding of how to communicate confidently in Irish.

Irish has a reputation for being difficult to learn, and unfamiliar consonant combinations, like bhF or mB, might look confusing to Irish language learners at first. However, Irish is a much more phonetically consistent language than English, so it is more consistent in terms of pronunciation. This phonetic knowledge will allow you to pronounce long, compound words, that otherwise might seem unapproachable.

Rosetta Stone helps you fine tune your pronunciation with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. TruAccent compares your voice in real-time to native speakers, allowing you the feedback you need for the most accurate pronunciation. TruAccent is a powerful tool for helping you learn and speak the Irish language in no time!

Try Our Award-Winning App

Surround yourself with Irish whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .

Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .

The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.

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